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    Sad. He may have written some rather dubious...

    Sad.

    He may have written some rather dubious stuff on FB, but he was musically talented - and one of the reasons why Lizard works so well as a "dark" album is arguably the fact that the vocals...
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  3. "Impression of the album", yeah. But this is the...

    "Impression of the album", yeah. But this is the 'aber' about websites like this; there's no accumulative personalization of criteria or merit as concerns capacities or capabilities in individual...
  4. Better wheres to go for that, IMHO. Babyblaue,...

    Better wheres to go for that, IMHO. Babyblaue, for instance. Or in here, for that matter.
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    I didn't have the moneys to by that lim. ed....

    I didn't have the moneys to by that lim. ed. Heliotians on (exclusive) vinyl, so I've had to download it from YT - where the band themeselves have been so gracious as to post the whole record twice...
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    What's truly amazing - historically as well as...

    What's truly amazing - historically as well as musically - about records like this one and that Mosaïc (or Etron Fou and Camizole, for that matter), is that it displays how the cultural underground...
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    ^ Granted I've met Zeuhl-followeres who were also...

    ^ Granted I've met Zeuhl-followeres who were also "prog" fans in general, I've encountered some who indeed appeared vehemently hostile to the notion of an inherent "prog-association" with their fave...
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    Thx for posting this! :up

    Thx for posting this! :up
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    A very fine beginner's article on Zeuhl. Anyone...

    A very fine beginner's article on Zeuhl. Anyone interested but maybe somewhat wary at taking a full leap could start from this read.

    Great samples too.




    Alas I suppose "There is no Prog"...
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    ^ I saw them in concert sometime in the late 90s...

    ^ I saw them in concert sometime in the late 90s and have to say that I was most disappointed. The overly theatrical contrast between a highlighted "angelic" violin player (white oak fiddle, none...
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    "Echidna"/"Wash". Instrumental. With Thompson and...

    "Echidna"/"Wash". Instrumental. With Thompson and Humphrey.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOC_LO8UMlw
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    There are variations and levels. Some of what's...

    There are variations and levels. Some of what's usually namechecked in here as "CM-vocals" are nothing of the sort but rather grindcore-aggressive vox (as with Meshuggah or Fuck the Facts or Converge...
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    ^ Thompson's double feature with other drummer...

    ^ Thompson's double feature with other drummer Ralph Humphrey (who unfortunately was never invited into Genesis but played on the excellent Over-Nite Sensation of Zappa's from the year before Roxy)...
  14. ^ Chalkman, you need to absorbe (with an 'e') the...

    ^ Chalkman, you need to absorbe (with an 'e') the very atmosphere of this shit. But yeah, Klakegg lacks the sufficient English-pronounciation, something which ironically only gives it even -more- of...
  15. ^ Aimless Mary from 2015. This is one of the...

    ^ Aimless Mary from 2015. This is one of the 25-or-so best rock albums ever to come out of Norway. The songs and the playing is wonderful, but oh boy - that foggy MOOD, that smokey VIBE! Nothing like...
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    I have to say that on listening anew yesterday,...

    I have to say that on listening anew yesterday, the vocal closing tune (with Andhira) stands out as something very particular. I recall the (surprisingly) positive but short recension in The Wire mag...
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    At least I see that Steve F. still offers the...

    At least I see that Steve F. still offers the goodies individually; Sparta, III, Yume No Oka and the often misunderstood but truly listenable Esoptron.

    Sadly not the utterly fantastic Kenso II...
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    ^The Apex of Appendix Zorn Parallax Attax!

    ^The Apex of Appendix Zorn Parallax Attax!
  19. ^ It's not all-instrumental. I just mentioned it...

    ^ It's not all-instrumental. I just mentioned it as a sidenote to my comments on the Jaga.

    Apparently - according to the dude at Big Dip - Bjørn K. pulls out all the right "progressive" stops on...
  20. ^ I wasn't too crazy about their previous release...

    ^ I wasn't too crazy about their previous release (don't know why, really), but I enjoy Now We Have Light and The Diving Bell, and I loved Weight of the World on release but need to pull it out...
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    A new Grand Sbam already? I still haven't had the...

    A new Grand Sbam already? I still haven't had the time to fully dive entirely into the last one - merely the first half of it!

    Darn, those PoiLers are a hard-working crew. But how the hell are...
  22. Agree. You can't go wrong with SKE's 1000 Autunni...

    Agree. You can't go wrong with SKE's 1000 Autunni from 2011. As influenced by Thinking Plague as by Änglagård, this remains one of the strongest instrumental progressive albums for the past 15 years...
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    Listening to it right now, and while I'm not...

    Listening to it right now, and while I'm not exactly sure I'd call it "prog-sounding", Stips' keys make the world for the setup which was - for whatever reason - much thinner here than on albums like...
  24. Just came back from the Big Dipper shop, where I...

    Just came back from the Big Dipper shop, where I got this sucker. Their finest album since the horrendously underrated What We Must (2005), IMHO. Given that they're older and more, er, 'mature' now....
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    I saw Wake In Fright (the original) again a few...

    I saw Wake In Fright (the original) again a few weeks back, the first time in many years. It's still one of the most oddly disturbing films I ever took in. As a Holocaust-historian I've always tried...
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    ^ Fabulous news!

    ^ Fabulous news!
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    Look, it's nowhere near as gorgeous as that new...

    Look, it's nowhere near as gorgeous as that new wife of Steven Wilson!



    This is relevant, 'cause Wilson's connected. Through his remixing Jobs. Wilson is that 'other' Steve.
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    Well, he's a "conceptual" artist of sorts so...

    Well, he's a "conceptual" artist of sorts so there's usually something altogether brand new and/or different going on with each and every album of his, depending on ensemble format, outline etc.
    ...
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    It's an absolutely prodigious release by one of...

    It's an absolutely prodigious release by one of the technically finest and most genuinely creative modern progressive groups outside of the much feared/dreaded "avant" spectrum.

    I followed them...
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    ^ I will -never- forget watching that on live...

    ^ I will -never- forget watching that on live transmission back when I was 10 years old; it was by far the strangest and loveliest music I'd ever heard and/or seen on television. We only had one...
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    ^ Nah. That would only make it corny, strange,...

    ^ Nah. That would only make it corny, strange, odd and kinda RIO.
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    I think the absolute future direction of...

    I think the absolute future direction of progressive rock lies in a conglomerate of Vollenweider and the Wopps, with perhaps a bit of Vanessa Mae and Millivanillion thrown in.
  33. I know. There are a few examples of the...

    I know. There are a few examples of the "evergreen effect" with international progressive groups, sporting songs that aren't necessarily too celebrated by their core fanbase but have become very well...
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    ^ Granted I haven't heard the actual album yet,...

    ^ Granted I haven't heard the actual album yet, but the review itself is forcefully written with contemplative balance, the craft of subversive suggestion and that meticulous girth of associative...
  35. Small compilation the many various versions of...

    Small compilation the many various versions of "Impressioni" by Italian as well as international artist, including Battiato (of course, a top-5 hit in Italy in the late 90s), and Patti Smith singing...
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    Let's not forget how (sometimes) melancholy and...

    Let's not forget how (sometimes) melancholy and beautifully melodic his stuff can be, eccentric and intricate notwithstanding.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aINhNds0tAs
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    ^ Simak Dialog are very good, probably one of the...

    ^ Simak Dialog are very good, probably one of the better current acts at redoing "traditional" fusion that I know. And it grooves and swings as well!
  38. Well actually he was always celebrated and held...

    Well actually he was always celebrated and held in generally high artistic esteem, being considered not only particularly talented and creative but also very charismatic on and off stage. Masses...
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    They are obviously also responsible for the...

    They are obviously also responsible for the utterly stupendous Dedicated to You... But You Weren't Listening by the Delta Saxophone Quartet, in which the four blowers adapt and play around with Hugh...
  40. :up :beer :up :beer Six minutes of both...

    :up :beer :up :beer

    Six minutes of both vicious attack and immense joy!


    [:ipa]
  41. Yup, Area's stuff is a bit decent. Funny to...

    Yup, Area's stuff is a bit decent.

    Funny to know how basically everyone of note in 70s Italian progressive rock music appeared to know and admire them.
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    They should merge into a Happy Cow concoction -...

    They should merge into a Happy Cow concoction - you know, like a Wobblove or Normler.

    But oh boy, we're always calm in here, even amidst the glowing storms of winter white hell.
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    Not to derail. But I suppose it's not about...

    Not to derail. But I suppose it's not about "suggestions" or about what I personally consider challenging, it's about what is usually considered somewhat more elaborate than a rock'n'rolled classical...
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    ^ Billions, Frankerman. They make billions over...

    ^ Billions, Frankerman. They make billions over billions and yet billions even more.

    But you're essentially true in that practically no one make dose ol' timez feel as goodz'n'cozy again as dose...
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    ^ Presumably the "mindlessness" was a token of...

    ^ Presumably the "mindlessness" was a token of his own zen process of listening, in which he doesn't necessarily crave "challenge" - it was obviously not an accusation against the music itself.
    ...
  46. ^ Stratos being an "acquired taste". So is Di...

    ^ Stratos being an "acquired taste". So is Di Giacomo's voice; I know several listeners who keep nagging that it (somehow) "ruins the otherwise fine music". And the guys in RRR/Samadhi, Procession...
  47. The first TD album I heard, and it captivated me....

    The first TD album I heard, and it captivated me. This music was not only menacing but deeply scorching in tone and mood, and that repetitive ostinato for guitar and synth on side 1 kept haunting me...
  48. ^ Banco was the first one I got as well, simply...

    ^ Banco was the first one I got as well, simply because it apparently was -everywhere- to be seen; in cut-out bins, flee markets, secondhand stores, at record fairs et al. Granted I only really knew...
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    I fully concur. The best on SS ("Julia",...

    I fully concur.

    The best on SS ("Julia", "Keyboard Waltz" etc.) equals the level of the debut, whereas Going treads more directly into folk/country-rock waters and sometimes reminds me much of the...
  50. Interesting question, as I've been on a total...

    Interesting question, as I've been on a total Banco-roll myself this last week.

    While nothing else of theirs really touches Darwin! or Libero (IMO), I think the trope on the "classic first three"...
  51. ^ Same goes for Banco's Canto di Primavera and...

    ^ Same goes for Banco's Canto di Primavera and Orme's (yup, w.o. the 'Le') Florian - both very fine and listenable records, if different from their earlier output.
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    You don't have to be human to die. Luckily. ...

    You don't have to be human to die. Luckily.

    But Yes, I knew you were kidding about the 5uu's. They stretched their influences far off, obviously - pretty much transforming the clues of their...
  53. "Circo la Lingua" was one of their best tracks...

    "Circo la Lingua" was one of their best tracks altogether. "Traveler" and the title track are both excellent, and "Peninsula" a killer starter for such an album. "Meridiani" has something going for...
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    ^ The debut, L'Idee di Oggi (1969), features...

    ^ The debut, L'Idee di Oggi (1969), features esteemed singer/songwriter Claudio Rocchi and is a canto/folk-pop affair with psychedelic touches. It's fairly Ok for what it is, but more resembles...
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    Neither clones nor cheap, but the Drake-rendition...

    Neither clones nor cheap, but the Drake-rendition of 5uu's were highly influenced by Yes, yes. And just like the promise of the 'progressive' ideal so obviously postulated, the uu's actually did...
  56. Well, y'know; fanboy comes runnin' along for...

    Well, y'know; fanboy comes runnin' along for other than the fun of it.


    Of course, I don't listen to (or follow) music even half as much as I used to, but I still feel like praising the times of...
  57. There's as much GGiant and Yes as there's Cow and...

    There's as much GGiant and Yes as there's Cow and the Bears in here, so this isn't merely an ace example of "avant-prog" but arguably the single finest example of actually contemporary modern...
  58. Does that groundbreaking Asia S/T somehow come in...

    Does that groundbreaking Asia S/T somehow come in one of these deals?
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    Certainly! I stand corrected.

    Certainly! I stand corrected.
  60. ^ That's a truly odd one. Good for keeps, but...

    ^ That's a truly odd one. Good for keeps, but entirely uneven in contents. On the same CD-reissue label as the Ktzat Acheret, Sheshet, Shlomo Ydov et al., but apparently quite scarce and hard to get...
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